Oak Bay is still a democracy

The province has empowered council to create and adjust bylaws as they see fit

I’m puzzled.

Council hears an application for a rezoning as required by the province under the Local Government Act and somehow this is a violation – an endangerment – of our homeowner’s rights? This isn’t a violation. This is how our democratic process works.

It may come as a surprise but Oak Bay’s zoning bylaws aren’t cast in stone, nor were they ever intended to be. The province has empowered council to create and adjust bylaws as they see fit, according to a set of legal rules. If the rules have been followed, the outcome isn’t a violation of your rights no matter how disappointed you may be.

And yet some people feel that those rules shouldn’t apply to them because owning a single family house gives them special rights, like the right of first refusal over any change.

Unfortunately that’s just not the way it works.

David Trevor



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